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An NHS trust in East Anglia has become the first in the country to back a pledge to ensure nursing students are “treated with dignity and respect” on clinical placements.
The pledge has been created by the union Unison and is designed to ensure health students are supported and are able to make the most of their placements.
“Placements are absolutely essential for budding nurses”
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust signed the agreement at Colchester Hospital last week.
Unison national nursing officer Stuart Tuckwood said: “Better placements won’t just benefit students: they’ll make life better for their supervisors, their patients and the whole health service.
“It’s great that East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust has got on board and made this commitment to students.”
Employers who sign the pledge will commit to giving students at least six weeks’ notice of their placement and ensure they know how to get additional help if they need it.
The agreement also gives time for practice supervisors to spend with their students and provide necessary feedback and support.
“Placements are absolutely essential for budding nurses and other healthcare professionals, but they can be an incredibly stressful and challenging time,” said Mr Tuckwood.
“For many, placements will be students’ first taste of life in the NHS so it’s vital that the experience is a positive one.”
Unison has launched the pledge after a poll it carried out found health students do not feel they receive enough support on clinical placements, with many experiencing bulling or harassment.
The union said there had also been concerns reported that not enough notice was given of where placements would be.
Mr Tuckwood said he looked forward to other hospitals across the country making the same pledge to “improve our NHS”.
The trust’s director of human resources and organisational development Clare Conaghan said: “We have a strong partnership in place with staff representatives and unions and are delighted to back this important pledge for healthcare students.”
Top image credit: Unison Eastern